Crab Tree Lodge
The Crabtree Lodge welcomes you to a true African paradise, where time is measured by the setting sun. The lodge is situated 27km east of Inhambane where you will experience the tranquility and peace enhanced with the sound of waves, powdery white sandy beaches and extensive coral reefs hosting a unique marine life. It is build with thatched roof and natural materials which blend into the surrounding environment, where the palm trees and cassarina's offering our guests a degree of privacy.
The Crabtree Lodge (Fully serviced, self catering sleeping 1 to 16 people) consisting of:
6 Bedrooms (bathroom with shower on suite) Lounge and bar area Kitchen equipped with a 5 plate gas burner, 2 plate gas burner, fridge, freezer, pots and pans, cutlery and crockery. Washing machine, iron and iron board. Bed linen. (Please bring own towels) Verandah with adjacent braai area. 24 hour security service Build-in safe
Places Of Interest On The Way To Praia da Bara
Quissico, is about 330km north of Maputo. It is well worth stopping at this bustling little one-street-town set high on a hill, commanding magnificent views of the beautiful freshwater lagoons, cut off from the sea by massive vegetation covered dunes.
Zavora, 18km after one crosses the bridge over the Poelela Lagoon where coral reefs forms a lovely sheltered lagoon, ideal for diving and snorkeling. Also known for its excellent game fishing.
Dive Sites Accessible From Barra, Island Rock, scuba dive on the largely unexplored reefs, visit an undersea cave or swim with the whale sharks that are often spotted here;
Paindaine, famous for having some of the best inshore snorkeling in all of Mozambique. A spectacular 600m long inshore reef provides placid, protected conditions. In addition, the 30m seaside drop-off offers unlimited fishing and scuba diving opportunities with various caves, ledges and pinnacles being home to a wide variety of marine life.
Jangamo , nearby pristine coral reefs, which include the world famous Manta Reef where sightings of the graceful manta rays are almost guaranteed. Dive operators in Barra cater for the beginner to the advanced diver, with dozens of sites readily accessible.
Inhambane, one of the earliest European settlements in Southern Africa. Looking more like a town than a city, the wide tree lined streets and elegant Portuguese architecture are reminders of a once prosperous past, based originally on the proceeds of gold, ivory and slavery.The city has grown old gracefully and is slowly recovering from civil war by becoming a service hub for the many nearby resorts as well as a destination of cultural and historical significance. It is the province's capital and has its own airport. This charming city has many places of general and historical interest with a visit to the harbour and local market a must. The bustling jetty has ocean going fishing vessels moored alongside and crowds of passengers are being ferried to and from Maxixe across the bay.
Tofo Beach, is about 17km east of Inhambane, Bar Barbalaza marks the crossroads to Tofo and Barra. Tofino is known for its amazing surfing, although strong currents and a shallow rock shelf make it a place for advanced surfers only.
Tofino is the site of the Frelimo Monument to Fallen Heroes, near to where unfortunate victims of the colonial period were thrown into a sea cave to be drowned by the rising tide. A smaller triangular monument on a hill just inland still holds some human bones recovered from this cave. Also to be seen is the display of raw power through a blow hole when there is a large swell running near the tip of the point.
Linga Linga, is at the end of the Peninsula about 7.5 km long, on the north side about 15km across the bay from Inhambane. It is the site of an old whaling station flanked by the sea on the one side and the bay on the other with easy access by boat from Inhambane. Linga Linga is known for its rich bird life and for the excellent fishing in the deep channel that passes it. An added attraction is the Dugongs which are sometimes seen here.
Mozambique Entry Requirements
If you are a South African citizen and holding a SA passport (valid for at least 6 months after date of entry) you do not need a visa. Non SA citizens to check with Mozambique Consulate on requirements. Vehicle registration papers are required. If the vehicle is not registered in your name, obtain an authorization for you to drive the vehicle into Mozambique. You MUST carry a valid driver's license.
On the South African side you are to complete a vehicle temporary export document which needs to be authenticated. On the Mozambique side at immigration you have to present your passport and pay a small Tourism Tax Insurance for your car (+-R150) and for a trailer (+-R80) is required.
Allowances & Restrictions
You are allowed groceries to the value of US$50 per person (You may be requested to present your original purchase invoices but not likely). If the value of goods exceeds this, you may have to declare your goods by filling in a Bill of Entry form available from the clearing agents at the South African border side. Customs are strict on the amount of alcohol allowed. Do not exchange money from the locals but use the exchange at the BIM Bank on the left as you enter the country.
Travelling By Car
In the event of an accident you will be required to present your 3rd party insurance, driver's license and vehicle papers and you will be required to make a statement at the nearest Police Station. Radar speed traps are common in the small villages so keep to the limits and wear your safety belts. You are advised never to hand over your driver's license but only to show it to an official. When towing you are required to display a triangle (yellow and blue) on the front of your vehicle and carry 2 red ones (which are available from "Midas" in Komatipoort). We also recommend that you carry a small air compressor.
Travelling By Air
Airlines now have flights available to Inhambane. Direct flight from OR Tambo or Lanseria Airport.
Items To Bring
- Malaria Prophylactics and mosquito/fly repellant
- Beach Towels, Umbrellas, Sunglasses, Caps and Sun Block Lotion
- Bath and Beach Towels
- Passports (SA residents do not require a visa but passports must be valid for 6 months)
- Identity Book and valid drivers licence.
- Duplicate vehicle keys
- 2 Red triangles per vehicle
- Triangles for towing vehicles - positioned front and rear of towing vehicle
- Vehicle Third Party - can be purchased at the border (also from SA Outdoor Warehouse Retailers - check with your local store)
- Tyre pump and pressure gauge, tool kit, tow rope and basic spares (fan belt, etc.)
- Good flash light and batteries
- Vehicle registration papers and SA vehicle clearance form from the border (these must be available at all times when driving).
- Letter of authorization from registered owner is required if you are not the registered owner.
- Temporary import licence for motorcycles, boats, jet-skis and trailers.
- Firelighters, garbage bags, charcoal, ice-packs. Soap, toilet paper, dish wash liquid, automatic washing powder (top loader washing machine), multi-purpose cleaner
- Food and beverages
- First aid kit
- Copy of reservation confirmation
- Medical insurance (if required)
- Snorkels, fins and mask
- beach (absolutely on the beach)
- boat / marine slipway (within 5km)
- car hire (less than 20km)
- fishing onsite
- horse riding (less than 5km)
- kitchen communal
- lock-up safe
- parking all onsite
- washing machine in unit
- Follow the main toll road EN4 from KOMATIPOORT in South Africa to MAPUTO in
Mozambique until you see a sign EN1 to XAI XAI The road up to XAI XAI (200km
north from MAPUTO) is excellent, but thereafter it deteriorates for
approximately 20km's (watch out for potholes and pedestrians), before becoming a
good riding surface for the rest of the journey.
- Approximately 50km after INHARIMME, there is a signboard on your left "LINDELA"
where you take the right fork to INHAMBANE.
- In INHAMBANE turn right when you get to the harbour pier on your left.
- Proceed through the town until you reach the stop sign.
- Continue to your right around the roundabout up to a fork in the road.
- At the "TOFO & BARRA" sign, keep to your right until you reach.
- "BAR BARBALAZA", then take the dirt road for approximately 8km where you will
find signboards directing you The Crabtree Lodge.